Youth Suicide Awareness & Prevention. Hope Hutira -Green, MS, NCC Program Manager The Jesse Klump Memorial Fund, Inc. Jesse Klump Memorial Fund, Inc. www.JessesPaddle.org. Scholarship Fund Suicide Grievers’ Support Group Awareness Program Teach warning signs
Hope Hutira-Green, MS, NCC
The Jesse Klump Memorial Fund, Inc.
Jesse Klump Memorial Fund, Inc
Prevention may be a matter of a caring person with the right knowledge being available in the right place at the right time.
Tragic reality in
the lives of our youth!
SUICIDE: A permanent solution to a temporary problem!
In the last year (2009) MD 9-12 graders reported:
“I’m a knowledge being available in the right place at the right time.daughter hiding my depression. I’m a sister making a good impression. I’m the girl sitting next to you. I’m the one asking you to care. I’m your best friend hoping you’ll be there.”
“I’m sick of crying, tired of trying, yeah I’m smiling, but inside I’m dying”
“How much time passed between the time you decided to complete suicide and when you actually attempted suicide?” (Simon 2001)
Giving away possessions
Sudden mood change
“I just can’t take it anymore”
“I wish I were dead”
“No one cares”
“Everyone will be better off without me”
“All of my problems will end soon”
“No one can do anything to help me now”
“I won’t be needing these things anymore”
“ I won’t be a problem for you much longer”
Ideation – Threatened or communicated
Substance use or abuse – Excessive or increased
Purposelessness – No reasons for living
Anxiety – Agitation/Insomnia
Trapped - Feeling like there is no way out
Hopelessness - There is nothing to live
Withdrawal – From family, friend, school, activities, etc.
Anger (uncontrolled) – Rage, seeking revenge
Recklessness – Risky acts, unthinking
Mood changes – Baseline
*Do not worry about doing or saying
exactly the "right" thing. Convey care!
* Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore
1. Pick a good time
2. Be conversational
3. Be honest
4. Be direct
5. Listen to what your child has to say
6. If you get worried, ask more questions
7. Revisit the conversation